Sweet Corn Grilled Cheese with Smoked Gouda, Scallions, and Chile Butter

So now that we’ve recapped on my Top 16 Grilled Cheese Recipes, let’s go ahead and add a few more to that list during Grilled Cheese Month, shall we? You don’t need to wait until summer to love today’s new recipe – Sweet Corn Grilled Cheese with Smoked Gouda, Scallions, and Chile Butter.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever put corn in a grilled cheese sandwich…anyone?

Yeah, I hadn’t either until this past summer. Now, I’m in love with it. Think hot, sweet, and smoky corn chowder in sandwich form, surrounded by chile-buttered and grilled sourdough. I snapped a quick Instagram photo when I first tried it out (right before I went in for a taste):

Sweet Corn Grilled Cheese with Smoked Gouda, Scallions and Chile Butter

I don’t know which I love more – the crunch and heat of the chile butter on the sourdough, or the sweet corn dotting the smoky Gouda (smoked cheddar is another great option, and it melts better than Gouda). By all means, don’t wait until summer to taste this! Give it a try with frozen corn any time of the year.


Sweet Corn Grilled Cheese with Smoked Gouda, Scallions, and Chile Butter

Recipe by Kathy Strahs, PaniniHappy.com

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes | Total time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 sandwiches


  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 8 slices sourdough or other rustic white bread, sliced from a dense bakery loaf
  • 8 ounces smoked Gouda or smoked cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cooked corn, ideally fresh from the cob
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions


  1. In a small bowl mix the butter, chile powder, and cayenne pepper until they’re well combined.
  2. For each sandwich: Spread chile butter on two slices of bread to flavor the outside of the sandwich. Flip over one slice of bread and top it with cheese, corn, scallions, and more cheese. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread, buttered side up.
  3. Grill two panini at a time, with the lid closed, until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted, 4 to 5 minutes.



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  1. Karly wrote:

    Oh my word, this just sounds amazing! I love fresh sweet corn, but never would have thought to add it to a sandwich!

    Posted 4.3.13 Reply
    • Kathy Strahs wrote:

      You’ve gotta do it, Karly! The combination is incredible. 🙂

      Posted 4.3.13 Reply
  2. Amanda wrote:

    Whoa, this sounds so good!! Love it Kathy!! 🙂

    Posted 4.3.13 Reply
  3. Gouda and corn – absolutely stunning combination, Kathy. Love this one!

    Posted 4.3.13 Reply
  4. CORN! Of course… ugh, why have I never thought to do that. Brilliant!

    Posted 4.3.13 Reply
  5. The corn and chili butter in grilled cheese is brilliant! I can practically feel the crunch of the bread on my teeth.

    Posted 4.3.13 Reply
  6. I love the idea of spreading a flavored butter on the outside of a grilled cheese. Genius!

    Posted 4.3.13 Reply
  7. kita wrote:

    I think this is the first time I have looked at a sandwich without meat and thought DAMN I need that! Seriously , looks awesome.

    Posted 4.4.13 Reply
    • Kathy Strahs wrote:

      (drops the mic) lol 🙂

      Posted 4.4.13 Reply
  8. Yum, yum, yum! You think of the most amazing flavor combos!

    Posted 4.4.13 Reply
  9. These look sooo amazing. So smart to put corn in a grilled cheese! I need to try this for sure. Thanks for the recipe Kathy! 🙂 Pinned.

    Posted 4.4.13 Reply
  10. Carolyn wrote:

    Happy Grilled Cheese month! Yummm.

    Posted 4.5.13 Reply
  11. Making this weekend!

    Posted 4.5.13 Reply
    • Kathy Strahs wrote:

      Awesome – I hope you love it!!

      Posted 4.5.13 Reply
  12. This made my mouth water!

    Posted 4.5.13 Reply
  13. Holy moly! This looks absolutely fantastic 🙂 loving the flavored butter.

    Posted 4.5.13 Reply
  14. I’m drooling over here!!!! This looks so delicious.

    Posted 4.6.13 Reply
  15. Now this is my kind of grilled cheese!

    Posted 4.8.13 Reply
  16. Loving the combination of bold flavors here!

    Posted 4.8.13 Reply
  17. Ahhh Gouda…totally makes for a grown-up grilled cheese!

    Posted 5.7.13 Reply